The Public and Private Lives of Keith Vaughan

In light of the recently opened Tate exhibition Queer British Art 1861–1967, author Gerard Hastings discusses the experiences of gay artist Keith Vaughan in a period before the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.   It is very gratifying to see the work of Keith Vaughan so prominently displayed at Tate Britain’s Queer British Art exhibition. And how marvellous it looks! […]

Lund Humphries Landmarks – British Sculptors and Sculpture series (1991 – )

Penelope Curtis discusses the British Sculptors and Sculpture series, a series of books jointly published by Lund Humphries and the Henry Moore Foundation, beginning in 1991 that sought to reappraise the works of a range of underappreciated British artists. The Henry Moore Foundation had an historic association with Lund Humphries, given that it was Moore’s publisher of […]

Lund Humphries Landmarks – Paul Nash: paintings, drawings and illustrations, edited by Margot Eates, with essays by Herbert Read, John Rothenstein, E.H. Ramsden and Philip James (1948)

Andrew Causey describes Paul Nash’s extensive involvement in preparing the book on his work which was in the end published posthumously by Lund Humphries in 1948. Paul Nash had been preparing for at least two years before his death in 1946 material for the book which Lund Humphries would publish in due course.  He collected black-and-white prints […]

Art Everywhere: ‘A Very, Very Big Art Show’

We’re four days into a fortnight-long initiative being touted as the world’s largest art show. Called Art Everywhere and supported by Innocent Drinks’ Richard Reed, the Art Fund, Tate and the poster industry, the project has seen 57 works by British artists appear on billboards, bus stops and black cabs around the UK. Until 25 […]

Exhibitions Round-Up: Summer 2013

Had enough of the great British heat wave already? Cool off at one of this summer’s great British art shows… Like Wimbledon and the Proms, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, now in its 245th year, has long since gained the status of a British institution. Which is not to say that all of the 1000 plus […]

Book of the Week: Paul Nash: Landscape and the Life of Objects by Andrew Causey

How best to summarise the achievement of Paul Nash?  There is so much.  We think we know him from those iconic paintings of the desolation of the First World War, or the famous Surrealist Landscape from a Dream in the Tate, or his more recognisably English landscapes, or the Second World War painting Totes Meer.  But […]

Book of the Week: Elisabeth Frink Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93

In April 1993, British sculptor Elisabeth Frink, Dame of the British Empire and RA, died of cancer aged just 62. Her Times obituary noted the three essential themes in her work as ‘the nature of Man; the “horseness” of horses; and the divine in human form’. The New York Times called her a ‘Sculptor of Heads’. Twenty […]